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Pilkington NA announces collaboration with Dyesol

Post Time:Mar 05,2010Classify:Industry NewsView:104

Pilkington North America, Toledo,entered into a collaboration with Dyesol Inc., the North American division of Dyesol Ltd., to develop opportunities in the building integrated photovoltaics marketplace utilizing Pilkington’s TEC series of transparent conductive oxide coated float glass and Dyesol’s Dye Solar Cell materials and technology, according to a March 3 release.

“Pilkington believes it is time to begin developing the next generation of photovoltaic power,” said Stephen Weidner, senior vice president of Building Products for North America, in the release. “BIPV is an emerging market segment with great opportunity for utilizing our TCO technology to bring photovoltaic power into building design.

“The collaboration with Dyesol has the potential to bring a significant change in the value of architectural glass as we know it today. No longer will glass be viewed solely for its insulation and aesthetic properties, but for its power-generating potential as well.”

“Pilkington is the world leader in the production of TCO glass," said Marc M. Thomas, CEO, Dyesol Inc., in the release."Dyesol and their customers have been utilizing Pilkington’s TEC product for many years. This collaboration presents an ideal platform for co-developing and optimizing products that work together to improve DSC performance. With 25 percentof all electrical energy consumed in the U.S. used in the built environment, the market opportunity is enormous.”

Gavin Tulloch, global managing director, CTO, and co- founder, Dyesol Ltd., said in the release: “DSC technology can best be described as ‘artificial photosynthesis’ using an electrolyte, a layer of titania (a pigment used in white paints and toothpaste) and ruthenium dye deposited on transparent conductive oxide glass, metal or polymer substrates. Light striking the dye excites electrons which are absorbed by the titania to become an electric current many times stronger than that found in natural photosynthesis in plants. Dyesol’s technology has lower cost and embodied energy in manufacture, produces electricity more efficiently even in low light conditions and can be directly incorporated into buildings by replacing conventional glass.”

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